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Codependency

Avoidance

Do you expend all of your energy in meeting your partner’s needs? Perhaps you feel trapped in your marriage, or maybe you feel as though you are the one making all of the sacrifices for your relationship. When a relationship is one-sided, where one person relies on the other for all of their emotional needs, or when the partnership itself...
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The Gift of Self-Care and Compassion: Managing Regression and Triggers During the Holidays

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Unfortunately, not everyone can relate to the popular holiday carol. For some, the holiday season is a jovial time to get together with family and friends, unwind and relax, and enjoy indulging in comforting foods and maybe an extra glass of wine or two. While the winter holidays can be joyous for...
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Speaking to the Survivor: Why People Abuse, Types of Abuse, and Safely Leaving

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The image of domestic violence is often painted as a woman clad with bruises; an image that depicts the physical pain her partner put her through. Visuals of women with black eyes and black and blue limbs are jarring and mostly empathized with more than hidden forms of abuse. Physical violence is a horrifying, real experience that many women and...
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The Sex Addict

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While no single behavioral pattern constitutes a sexual addiction, a prevailing characteristic of sexual dependency is its ability to dominate one’s life. The sex addict places sex above all, including family, friends and career. In an effort to preserve and continue their compulsive behavior, an addict will sacrifice meaningful relationships and opportunities, giving more and more power to their obsession....
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Poor Body Image and the Link To Eating Disorders

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Perhaps the most prominent clinical feature associated with an eating disorder, poor body image is multidimensional. Thus, it’s not only about one’s dissatisfaction with size, shape or weight. It includes a person’s attitudes and perceptions. Providing an enlightening approach to eating disorders, Hilde Bruch’s observations note the link between body image disturbances and core features such as poor interceptive awareness...
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September is Sexual Health Awareness Month

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There are a plethora of ways in which we are told to help maintain positive physical, mental, and emotional health. The one area of our health that is less frequently discussed, but equally important is our sexual health. As a culture, we see sexuality broadcasted across multi-media platforms in our everyday lives, but practicing a healthy sex life involves more...
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10 Unexpected Ways Your Anger is Leaking Everywhere

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Anger is often a misunderstood emotion. Is it healthy? Unhealthy? Are there signs and red flags before anger turns into rage? The truth is, anger is a completely normal and even a healthy human emotion – when it’s able to be expressed constructively. When a person feels anger, their body releases adrenaline, cortisol, and noradrenaline. Anger also affects a person’s...
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Sexual Health Tips for Autumn

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While fall is known as the season for football and colorful leaves, it can also be an ideal season to boost your sexual health. The chilly, dark weather invites the perfect time to cocoon inside (or in bed) with your partner. In fact, there are several aspects of autumn that can foster better sexual wellness. Here are some ways to...
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Compulsive Sexual Behavior is Now Classified as a Mental Health Condition

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Though some have struggled with compulsive hypersexuality since the dawn of time, compulsive sexual behavior has only recently been acknowledged as a compulsive disorder. Very recently, the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), included compulsive sexual behavior, a condition to be categorized as an Impulse Control Disorder. The IDC-11 list defines compulsive sexual behavior as “a persistent pattern...
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Gaslighting: Is It Happening To You?

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With unique perceptions about life and experiences, each of us develops sensory capacities that are different than the next, with distinct responses, beliefs and convictions. These ideas define who we are as individuals, and while we are continuously exposed to views that are different than our own, many of us remain true to core values and insights. Even so, psychologists...
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